[Products We Rate]

Rated: 2019 Fox V1 Helmet

8 months ago | Words: Salvatore Aloisio | Photos: Salvatore Aloisio, Jarrad Duffy

Rated = a product the Transmoto team has tried, tested and would recommend to a mate.

What Is It?

The V1 helmet is Fox’s new entry-level lid, and for 2019 it comes with a few features that have trickled their way down from its higher-class cousin, the V3. We’re talking about Fox’s very own Magnetic Visor Release System (MVRS) that is designed to break away on heavy impact, minimising the rotational forces on your head and neck in a crash. Unlike the V3 – which uses magnets on the centre and both sides of the visor – the V1 has one magnet at the centre of the peak – and two clip in points on each side for the visor to snap in and out of.
The V1’s shell is made up of a polycarbonate and ABS shell construction that is still lightweight and far more affordable than the multi-composite (kevlar and carbon fibre) shell construction found in the V3. But enough about the specs, here’s how it rated…

Why We Rate It

Pros

  • Quality – The quality of finish on the V1 is really good for an entry-level lid. The matte finish we reviewed not only looked the part, but was easy to wash and didn’t mark, earlier (like some other matte colourways).
  • Style – The lack of visor clips gives the helmet a sharp, clean and neat look, and the visor is more than an afterthought – it’s neatly integrated into the shell’s design. Plus, the generous eyeport gives you excellent peripheral vision and accommodates modern goggle frames, even with a nose guard.

  • Comfort ­–  The large number of ventilation ports (nine intakes and four exhaust) keep your head nice and cool without having to move at a rate of knots. Plus it’s lightweight.
  • Cleaning – The cheek pads and helmet liner are completely removable and washable, but the thing that stood out the most is being able to remove the visor with ease from the helmet for cleaning. This made it really easy to give the whole lid a proper clean, and remove all the mud and dirt that accumulates between helmet and visor. 

Cons

  • Ventilation – The amount of ventilation is great for staying cool, but with that comes a bit of unpleasant wind noise at high speeds on fire roads. But for general trailriding or motocross, it isn’t noticeable.
  • Visor Adjustability – Due to the MVRS system, the visor’s position is non-adjustable. It isn’t a big deal, but for trail and adventure guys who like using the visor in a practical way to guard against sun glare, or minimising wind drag at speed, the lack of adjustability may be an issue.
  • Lack of a Rotational Force Management System – Unlike the top-of-the-line Fox V3, this lid doesn’t feature any kind of rotational force management system, such as MIPS technology – which reduces rotational violence to the brain on angled impacts. But for the price, we can see why.

Price & Availability

The 2019 range of Fox V1 helmets is available now, starting at an RRP of $199.95. Head over to the Monza Imports website to find your local dealer.

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